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Potential for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Applications for Identifying Groundwater‐Surface Water Exchange in a Meandering River Reach


Authors: Pai, H.
Owners: CTEMPs OSU-UNR
Resource type:Composite Resource
Created:Apr 01, 2018 at 7:19 p.m.
Last updated: Apr 09, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. by CTEMPs OSU-UNR

Abstract

The exchange of groundwater and surface water (GW‐SW), including dissolved constituents and energy, represents a critical yet challenging characterization problem for hydrogeologists and stream ecologists. Here we describe the use of a suite of high spatial resolution remote sensing techniques, collected using a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), to provide novel and complementary data to analyze GW‐SW exchange. sUAS provided centimeter‐scale resolution topography and water surface elevations, which are often drivers of exchange along the river corridor. Additionally, sUAS‐based vegetation imagery, vegetation‐top elevation, and normalized difference vegetation index mapping indicated GW‐SW exchange patterns that are difficult to characterize from the land surface and may not be resolved from coarser satellite‐based imagery. We combined these data with estimates of sediment hydraulic conductivity to provide a direct estimate of GW “shortcutting” through meander necks, which was corroborated by temperature data at the riverbed interface.

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Subject Keywords

UAS,groundwater - surface water,stream ecology,CTEMPs

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Pai, H. (2018). Potential for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Applications for Identifying Groundwater‐Surface Water Exchange in a Meandering River Reach, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/8c820686e27f4cc187fbd32fb6a6545f

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